The following is a collection of advocacy organizations, funding sources, media coverage, online tools, and software focused on making cities better, more efficient, and more resilient. The majority are U.S.-based and focused, so we particularly welcome suggestions from other parts of the world. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
Agile Cities is an initiative connecting cities, innovation leaders in business and society, and civic organizations to promote an open standard for civic efficiency.
The APA is a U.S.-based membership organization focused on community planning and citizen empowerment.
The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) is a network of grassroots commuity organizations, NGOs, and professionals involved with urban poor development processes in Asian cities.
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.
CEOs for Cities is a cross-sector civic innovation lab and network of urban leaders and change agents.
CfA brings technology to bear on governments and public services, helping them work better for all people.
CommunityMatters champions the notion that people have the power to solve their communty’s problems and shape its future.
The CNU is a membership organization tha promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development and sustainable communities.
Embarq’s mission is to catalyze and help implement sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities worldwide.
ICLEI is an international association of local governments and their associations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.
ioby is a crowd-funding platform specifically for environmental projects that improve neighborhoods, communities, and cities.
The ITDP works with cities worldwide to bring about transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty, and improve quality of life.
Living Cities is a collaborative of foundations and financial institutions that invests in the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live.
MICD is a partnership led by the National Endowment for the Arts and focused on preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
Meu Rio is an independent popular movement to build a more democratic, just, and livable city as it prepares to host the World Cup and Olympics.
NLC is an association for U.S. municipalities, dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities.
The National Resources Defense Council addresses sustainable communities at the neighborhood level, throughout metropolitan regions, and across city systems.
The New Cities Foundation is an international conglomerate that discusses the quality of life and work in the 21st-century global city.
Next American City connects cities and people working to improve them with ideas, information, and analysis.
Project for Public Spaces is a planning, design, and educational organization advocating for public spaces that build stronger communities.
Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA) provides leadership development and technical assistance to local community leaders engaged in community building projects.
ULI is a multidisciplinary real estate forum with members in 95 countries, focused on land use policy and practice.
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organzaing (WIEGO) is a global action-research-policy network to improve the status of the working poor in the informal economy.